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What have you re-read lately

Some folks don't believe in reading a book more than once, but not me. When I find a book I like, I'm more than happy to pick it up a second, third or [insert any number you like] time.

At the moment, I'm re-reading the Harry Potter books, or rather, listening to them. The audio versions are a bit pricey for a cheapskate like myself, so I've borrowed them from our local library. At the moment, I'm about halfway through The Chamber of Secrets, read by Jim Dale (he of the Carry On movies fame).

I must say, I'm having a great time. I love the movies versions, but I've always felt the books contained so much more. For one thing, the Dursleys play a bigger role, so you know that's good.


How about you?

What books have you re-read lately?



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jimhines
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
I listened to the first three or four HP books on audio. Jim Dale did an incredible job ... in many ways, I thought his performance was even stronger than the movies.
jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
It's weird how the voices aren't what you'd expect, but you then get used to them, don't you think?
drjeff
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman (AKA the collected letters of Hunter S Thompson).
jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Interesting title :)
claudee
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
I rarely re-read books. I keep some of those I read, sell others - but mostly those I've already read are still in my mind quite clearly. I did read Lord of the Rings quite some times, in different languages ;)
jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
I've read LoTR about twenty times, but not in different languages. does different chairs count for anything ;)
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knittingknots
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
The Odyssey; I reread that every two or three years, and have for a long time. The Prose Edda, but maybe that shouldn't count the same way, because I've been researching in it
jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
My son did that for school, I think. I've never read it myself, but it's on my 'One of these days...' list.
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tesserae_
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
I reread Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond series - six densely-written historicals - every couple of years. They are the only books I can still lose myself utterly in...
jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Losing yourself in a good book is one of the joys of living, don't you think?
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out_totheblack
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'm reading all the Dresden Files again for the ? time. My other favorite re-read is the Emberverse series.
jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
I keep meaning to give those a go. Maybe in the New Year.
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msstacy13
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
The Professor's House...

I think I'll be reading it a fourth time soon.

I want to read Les Miserables again sometime,
but I'm not sure when.
jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
Les Miserables? What did he write? ;)
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plattcave
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
I recently re-read the entire Usagi Yojimbo comic-book series by Stan Sakai. 20-plus years worth of comics in a few weeks. Awesome.
jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Sounds like time well spent. I love a good reading session :)
ladysaotome
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
I love to reread my books - though some need more time inbetween readings than others. The Harry Potter series I have reread 2-3 times (& I've been thinking it's about time for another reread - it's been about a year since last time)

Books I reread on a regular basis include: The Narnia Chronicles, LOTR, Harry Potter, L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, some Sally Watson - I know there are others but I can't think of them right now. I also reread most of my manga on an almost annual basis. I need to buy the Larklight series so I can do a reread - I checked them out from the library the first time but if I liked it enough to read it again, I definitely need to invest in it. I don't usually keep books unless I like them enough to read again (or they're nonfiction resource materials) and we've got a bookcase that takes up a wall stuffed with books at home if that's any indicator.

The only thing about rereading, though, is you never feel quite as emotionally connected as you do the first time (unless you've forgotten what happens) - When I was 15 & read LORD for the first time, I literally sobbed at the end of The Two Towers when I thought that Frodo had died. I was so upset and angry at Tolkien for killing him (mainly cause I adore Sam and his pain was killing me) - it took me at least half an hour to recover enough to continue reading and then the last line revealed that he wasn't dead and I nearly threw the book at the wall in rage that I had gone through all that for nothing. But at the same time, I relished a book that could make me so invested.
jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
...you never feel quite as emotionally connected as you do the first time

That's true, but it's great to catch the little clues and watch the characters growing into what you know they'll become when you read things again :0
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jess_ka
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Recently reread a Nancy Springer book I read many many years ago, The Golden Swan.
jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Was it as good the second time around?
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wendigomountain
Dec. 8th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Ernesto "Che" Guevara's Guerrilla Warfare. Though I don't like his politics, it's a great resource on, go figure, guerrilla warfare. The first time I read it, I was expecting something more SF, like Planet of the Apes. Though it didn't feature armed primates from the future, it was still pretty interesting.
jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
I can't get over how such a horrible human being came to be lauded as a hero by so many people, even now, years after the facts about the kind of man he was are there for all to see.

Still, I guess that shouldn't color my opinion of his writing (though it really does).
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jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
That's very true, or the look of surprise on the sheep's face...oops, there I go, sharing too much again ;)
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lizziebelle
Dec. 8th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
I've been rereading the Harry Potter books, also by listening to the audiobooks (from the library, too!). I just finished with the Half-Blood Prince. :)
jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Great minds think alike :)
bogwitch64
Dec. 8th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
We have all of the HP books on audioCD. My husband LOVES Jim Dale. He listens to them from first to last every couple of years. (He has a long commute back and forth to work.)

I haven't had the leisure of re-reading a book lately, but the HP books are on my list to reread first.
jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
We have all of the HP books on audioCD.

That's an expensive luxury. I have about a dozen audio books now, but I refuse to pay more than $20 for one - which means it'll probably be a long time before Mr. Potter's adventures grace my shelves :(
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tracy_d74
Dec. 8th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Deathly Hallows. Finder.
jongibbs
Dec. 8th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
Finder? But you said that was rubbish ;)
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